Bruno Pélassy with Starfish, Coco Beach, Nizza, 1997, photo: Laura Cottingham

Bruno Pélassy and the Order of the Starfish

20.10.2023 – 14.1.2024

The Haus is pleased to present the first institutional exhibition of French artist Bruno Pélassy (b. 1966 in Vientiane, Laos, d. 2002 in Nice, France) in Germany. Through formal and playful material excesses in sculpture, couture and jewelry, drawing, and film, the exhibition explores his practice as both a personal and political contention of the conventions of desire, nature, gender, value and health, and a suit for the dissolution of fixed binaries.

Significantly influenced by an early diagnosis of HIV, Pélassy’s work reflects upon the ambivalent poetics of illness and death, and the understanding of the body as a porous and erratic entity. In the exhibition, Pélassy’s artistic approach will rub shoulders with selected artworks and ephemera by his contemporaries as well as artists working now. The group show element will include contributions by Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Beth Collar, Jesse Darling, Brice Dellsperger, Leonor Fini, Ull Hohn, Natacha Lesueur, Jean Painlevé & Geneviève Hamon, James Richards and Soshiro Matsubara, who will also develop the architecture for the exhibition.

The exhibition is supported by: 

With special thanks to Air de Paris